Variety ~  100 Icons Premiere

"When you play jazz, you don't lie. You play from the heart." ~ Louis Armstrong

October, 2005: The Beatles have been named "icons of the century" by readers of Variety magazine. Among the voting criteria were the icons' commercial and creative impact, number of imitators, enduring appeal and whether they still appeared on T-shirts.

1 Beatles
2 Louis Armstrong
3 Lucille Ball
4 Humphrey Bogart
5 Marlon Brando
6 Charlie Chaplin
7 James Dean
8 Marilyn Monroe
9 Mickey Mouse
10 Elvis Presley

Woody Allen
Pedro Almodovar
Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Josephine Baker
Brigitte Bardot
Jack Benny
Irving Berlin
Chuck Berry
Lenny Bruce

James Cagney
Maria Callas
Johnny Carson
Johnny Cash
Ray Charles
Kurt Cobain
Gary Cooper
Bill Cosby
Walter Cronkite

Bette Davis
Miles Davis
Marlene Dietrich
Kirk Douglas
Bob Dylan
Clint Eastwood
Duke Ellington
Fredrico Fellini
Aretha Franklin

Clark Gable
Greta Garbo
Judy Garland
Cary Grant
D.W. Griffith
Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

Vaclav Havel
Edith Head
Jimi Hendrix
Katharine Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Alfred Hitchcock
Billie Holiday
Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
Harry Houdini

Michael Jackson
Robert Johnson
Al Jolson
Janis Joplin
Gene Kelly
Grace Kelly

Laurel & Hardy
Bruce Lee
Jerry Lewis
Little Richard
Sophia Loren

Bob Marley
Marcello Mastroianni
Steve McQueen
Edward R. Murrow
The Marx Brothers

Paul Newman
Jack Nicholson
Laurence Olivier
Pac Man
Edith Piaf
Mary Pickford
Sidney Poitier
Robert Redford
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Will Rogers
The Rolling Stones
Mickey Rooney

The Sex Pistols
Tupac Shakur
Frank Sinatra
Steven Spielberg
Jimmy Stewart
Igor Stravinsky
Barbra Streisand
The Supremes


Quentin Tarantino
Elizabeth Taylor
Shirley Temple
Rudolph Valentino
John Wayne
Orson Welles
Mae West
Hank Williams
Oprah Winfrey
Stevie Wonder